There’s less than a month to go until the big day and plans for Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank are shaping up.
The royal, 28, who is ninth in line to the throne, will marry tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank, 32, at St George’s Chapel in October, and today the happy couple announced that the The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner, will officiate at the 11am ceremony.
Eugenie appears to have paid a sweet tribute to her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, by choosing the Archbishop of York John Sentamu to lead the prayers.
The couple will follow in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by having a carriage procession to greet wellwishers after the ceremony.
However, it will be a shorter affair than Harry and Meghan’s leaving from the Royal Mews out of Windsor Castle and on to part of the High Street, but they will not travel down the Long Walk.
It will follow the same route as Prince Edward and who also married at St George’s Chapel.
Princess Eugenie, 28, and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank, 32, pictured on the day of their engagement in January 2018 at Buckingham palace, have announced they will marry at 11am
The couple will exchange vows at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Berkshire at 11am, the same venue as Harry and Meghan, Edward and Sophie and Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn
Also following in Harry and Meghan’s footsteps, the couple invited members of the public to apply to join the celebrations in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
After receiving over 100,000 applications, invitations have now gone out to the 1,200 members of the public who will join them on the day.
They will be joined by representatives of charities and organisations supported by the couple, including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital wherer Eugenie received treatment for scoliosis.
The Teenage Cancer Trust, the Salvation Army and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women will also be represented.
The couple will undertake a carriage procession like Harry and Meghan (pictured), but it will be a shorter affair and they will not travel down the Long Walk
Eugenie has also chosen to include her former schools St George’s School and Coworth Flexlands School by inviting youngsters from both, as well as members of the community from around Windsor, Castle residents and Royal Household staff.
The couple may well decide to travel in the Ascot Landau, a smaller and lighter carriage than the State Landau with basket-work sides, which was the choice of Peter Phillips and Prince Edward and their brides for their St George’s Chapel weddings.
After the carriage procession, the Queen is giving a reception at Windsor Castle for the couple and their guests.
It has already emerged that Eugenie’s wedding guest list will outnumber Harry and Meghan’s by 250.
Eugenie seems to have given a sweet nod to her parents’ titles by inviting the Archbishop of York John Sentamu to lead prayers at the ceremony
And earlier this week an industry insider has revealed the cost of her big day could exceed £2 million, thanks to the Princess’s plans for a lavish reception and plastic-free catering.
In figures shared exclusively with MailOnline, Hamish Shephard, founder of wedding planning app Bridebook.co.uk, calculated the cost of everything from Eugenie’s bespoke gown to her entertainment – with rumoured A-list performers on the bill.
The sum was calculated following an analysis of over 170,000 weddings and a review of over 70,000 industry suppliers’ price estimates listed on Bridebook’s wedding venue and supplier directory.
Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones held a carriage procession after their wedding and opted for the Ascot Landau style of carriage. Eugenie and Hack are set to follow the same route for their carriage procession after their wedding on 12th October
Security alone for the affair is set to cost the tax payer an estimated £2M.
Extra firearms officers may have to be drafted in as security is beefed up amid increased terror fears since they announced their engagement in January.
Dozens of officers will mount searches across the route in advance and no drones may fly over the event in advance.
The huge security operation will be managed by the Met, Thames Valley and British Transport Police.